Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
B & C ANTIQUES WILL BE CLOSING.

After over 30 years in the antiques business, the time has come for B & C Antiques to phase out. After the death of my husband and business partner, I have been unable to maintain it on my own, so as of December 2015, the business will cease. I have marked down the prices on many of my listed items, and I am willing to consider any reasonable offers. I will also do my best to add more new inventory in the upcoming months.

I would like to thank all my wonderful online customers for their interest and confidence over the past 13 years, and I look forward to working with you again in the upcoming final months.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1960 item #1021563 (stock #11E-146)
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$135.00
This large vintage round red lacquer dish in chrysanthemum form with low relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the mid-20th century. The finely carved edges of the dish represent real chrysanthemum blossoms which surround a stylized twelve petal chrysanthemum flowerhead -- a design which originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #360477 (stock #9-089A10)
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$275.00
This polychromed clay figure seated on a brightly-colored pedestal in a lacquered chair represents the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi (774-835). Early 20th century. The figure wears traditional brown and saffron colored Buddhist robes. He holds a Buddhist rosary in his left hand and a vajra (mace with four prongs symbolizing a thunderbolt) in his right hand. He sits on a black lacquered wood chair decorated in gold and the typical red, white, green and blue along the edges of the pedestal...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #125746 (stock #2A-593)
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$95.00
Handsome glazed and decorated stoneware serving dish (“ishizara”) with overall mustard color on the interior accented with bold splashes of green and blue. The textured rim is decorated all around with short brown drips which match the rich brown glaze covering the exterior. This impressive folk ceramic, possibly Seto ware, appears to date to the1940’s or earlier...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1930 item #1062761 (stock #11C-046A23)
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$390.00
This large elegant Japanese flower basket (“hanakago” or “hanaire”) has been very finely plaited and woven with varied thin strips of split bamboo. Dating to the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930), the bottom is marked with a three-character signature of noted artisan “Shokushosai." Suzuki Shokushosai was an active basket maker in Tokyo during the first three decades of the 20th century...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #583612 (stock #4-269A22)
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$260.00
This dramatic Japanese wooden doll, known as a “Nara ningyo,” is hand carved to portray the Noh actor Okina (old man) in stylized garments, wearing a mask and holding a fan. Early 20th century, pre-war. The signature of the artist “Ikka” is carved into the back side of the figure. Okina’s strong angled features are well-carved and exquisitely hand painted...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #156222 (stock #2A-619A3)
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$150.00
This large handsome contemporary ceramic pitcher from the Mashiko kilns has been crafted in the style of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978). The thickly potted cylindrical body is set on an unglazed raised foot ring. The exterior is decorated in turquoise and yellow ochre pigments splashed on a background of rich iron brown glaze, and the interior is covered with clear transparent glaze.

Hamada Shoji is modern Japan’s most renowned potter...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1970 item #1282948 (stock #7A-058)
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$425.00
Japanese woodblock print by Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) entitled “Kameido Bridge,” from the series Twelve Scenes of Tokyo. Originally published in 1927, this genuine woodblock print is a later impression posthumously printed from Yoshida’s original blocks. These later editions are identical to the earlier editions except for the publisher’s seal...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #588122 (stock #2-772A44)
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$145.00
Elegant studio porcelain tokkuri (sake flask) or flower vase in double gourd form with even celadon ("seiji") glaze, likely Kyo ware. Dating to the mid-20th century, it bears the impressed signature of the potter on the unglazed base. It comes in its original tomobako (wooden storage box) which is also signed by the potter, whom we have been unable to identify...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #879056 (stock #8-082A5)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese akasuke (“pigeon blood”) ginbari cloisonné enamel vase is decorated overall with a profusion of flowering plum blossoms. Early to mid-20th century. Unmarked, but very likely from the Ando factory...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #66165 (stock #2A-380)
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$175.00
Large Japanese ceramic luster glazed bowl with rounded sides. Early Showa period. The exterior is covered with a luminescent silver green glaze, and the interior rim has a pink fading to cream glaze which covers the interior of the bowl. There is overall crackling and a rich lustrous tone throughout the entire bowl. The base is marked with the image of a dragonfly...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #96623 (stock #11F-102)
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$120.00
This lovely Japanese comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is crafted from an early form of flexible celluloid which closely resembles tortoise shell. Ca.1930. The top and sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are decorated with relief flowers. The material looks like the same molded celluloid from which the elaborate bridal hair ornament sets were made. In fact, this comb resembles those seen in some bridal sets and could possibly be part of such a set...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1194473 (stock #11-375A36)
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$395.00
This delightful little house and garden tableau contains an incredibly detailed miniature Japanese tea house surrounded by a twig fence adjoined at the corner by a bamboo garden gate. Early to mid-20th century. The house has movable sliding shoji screen doors and windows and a large removable overhanging hipped roof. Next to the house is a separate little outhouse, complete with miniature fixtures. Crafted almost entirely of beautifully grained bamboo pieces which all fit together snugly, the le...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #862956 (stock #2-832)
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$95.00
This lovely foliate rimmed, relief edged deep dish is hand painted with butterflies and flowers in a traditional Kutani palette on a pure white ground. Early to mid-20th century. The base bears the underglaze blue four character mark “Kutani Eiju.” The three butterflies are done in underglaze blue with gold overglaze highlights. The blooming flowers are done entiredly in overglaze enamels of black, green, red and yellow. The uneven jagged-cut edge is a most unusual variation of the “rinka...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #319782 (stock #9-088A32)
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$125.00
This fascinating deck of Japanese karauta cards for a New Year’s card game comes in its original covered lacquered paper box and dates from the early to mid-20th century. Known as the “100 Poet Cards,” the 200 cards used in this game feature short Japanese compositions from “Ogura Hyaku-nin Isshu,” a classic anthology of 100 poems that was compiled in the 13th century. Each of the 100 poems, whose themes are love, the seasons and several other subjects, is by a different author. The de...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1960 item #1250823 (stock #7A-117)
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$195.00
This striking mid-20th century shin-hanga Japanese woodblock print features two vibrant variegated camellia blossoms against a deep black ground. Red artist signature seal in lower left hand corner; publisher’s marks in left and right margins. Artist and publisher unknown. The beautiful open blossoms explode in variegated shades of red, pink and white emerging from brown branches which sport dark and light green leaves. The stunning floral composition stands out dramatically against the dark ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #164162 (stock #11E-101A15)
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$225.00
This fine early Showa period Japanese black and gold lacquer miniature Buddhist shrine (“zushi”) contains a wood figure of the seated saint Nichiren-shonin, founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. The shrine, which dates to ca. 1940, is crafted in rounded rectangular form with double-hinged doors and engraved brass fittings. The rich black lacquered exterior opens to reveal a mellow gold lacquered interior with a gilded transom, the inside of which is covered with red lacquer. All the bras...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #661747 (stock #6-428)
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$110.00
This most unusual silver miniature was crafted in the form of the brazier component of the Japanese tea ceremony “furo-gama” or “chagama” and dates to the early half of the 20th century. There is an indistinguishable mark stamped into the base. Sitting on three feet, the tiny furo is attached to a round trivet base made to simulate finely grained hardwood with low relief “graining” in the silver. The tiny ringed handles, also with low relief decoration, are hinged and actually move. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #169496 (stock #4-187A6)
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$595.00
Charming “Ichimatsu ningyo” or “Yamato ningyo” doll created in the 1920’s or early 1930’s. This endearing little girl has a soft well-rounded face, an appealing gentle expression, and a sweet serene composure. She has a flesh colored complexion, long thick black hair, brown glass inset eyes, wide brush-stroked eyebrows, handpainted lower eyelashes and a closed soft smile. Her arms are attached to her paper-wrapped torso with fabric, and her face, arms and legs have a rich gofun (cru...